Before I unveil this week's iPhone apps, I wanted to see if anyone else had the same iPhone problem I have. I keep having this issue with iPhone app updates that won't finish downloading and demand that I connect to iTunes to finish the update. But even when connected to iTunes, not all of the apps update and I'm left with that number on my home screen saying I need to update when I've done everything I can to complete the process. I also get some update notices dated before I downloaded the app, which clearly … Read more
Netflix reduced its guidance for fourth-quarter revenue and subscribers on Monday, noting that the economic climate may be taking its toll on its movie rental business.
Shares of Netflix plummeted 13 percent in intraday trading, to as low as $25.19 per share.
In sizing up the fourth quarter, which began this month, Netflix is forecasting weaker than anticipated results. The number of subscribers is expected to be in the 8.95 million to 9.25 million range at the end of the year, compared with the company's earlier forecast of 9.1 million to 9.7 million.
Revenue, … Read more
If you were smart enough not to spend $500-plus on a Blu-ray player during the last year or so, your patience just paid off: Circuit City has the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player for $199.96 shipped (plus sales tax in most states). It's new, not a refurb, with no rebates required.
As you'll see in the video, CNET had mostly good things to say about the BDP-S300, though the complete review dings it for slow load times (true of most Blu-ray players) and lack of Dolby TrueHD decoding (which has been remedied via a firmware update). Although CNET … Read more
Blockbuster charges something like $4 for an in-store DVD rental. Let me tell you something: Iron Man was good, but it wasn't that good.
DVDPlay kiosks, which can be found in grocery stores and other locations around the U.S., just permanently lowered rental prices to $1 per day. The move, which brings the company's prices in line with its competitors, also applies temporarily to Blu-ray discs as well.
Each kiosk holds about 100 new-release titles. You don't have to sign up for anything or use a special DVDPlay card: just choose a movie, swipe your credit … Read more
With little fanfare, Netflix previewed a feature many Mac users have wanted to see for quite some time.
A little tidbit tucked away at the bottom of a blog entry posted in the wee hours of the morning proclaims that the movie rental company will make its "Watch now" service work on Macs by the end of this year.
Separately, the company announced that it has forged a deal with Starz that adds 2,500 movies and TV shows to its streaming library.
Netflix still has a long way to go before its instant viewing library can compare … Read more
It's been known for a while that Netflix and Roku's four-month-old relationship isn't exactly a monogamous one. But it looks like Roku is hoping to play the video-streaming field even more than we initially thought.
Roku makes the $100 Netflix Player, which enables customers to stream movies from the Netflix site to their TVs. It's a product that could be a hit, if only Netflix could secure partnerships with more of the major movie houses and seriously beef up its "Watch it Now" library.
But Roku isn't waiting around for Netflix to make … Read more
It's not easy being a bank employee these days. You don't know what your bank will be tomorrow. Perhaps it will be a different kind of bank. Or even a former bank.
So perhaps it is unsurprising that Geoff Harmer, an IT chap at Barclays Bank in Basingstoke, England (a little like the nice parts of New Jersey), decided to invest $90 and his artistic talent into making a Star Wars movie.
The opus is entitled Overtime and the action takes place around the bank cubicles, in an elevator (where the protagonists encounter a tall bald man who … Read more
Our No. 404 fanboy Dee Wren takes time out of his busy filming schedule to bring some positivity to our Monday morning. After revealing some news about the upcoming Google Android release tomorrow, we talk about the weekend box office, touch on Facebook porn, and make an overall attempt to shade ourselves from Jeff's rays of hate (unsuccessfully). Happy Monday!
To make up for all the lives we've ruined with The 404, we invite our buddy Dee Wren into the studio to pimp his philanthropic project, From Us With Love. It's a nonprofit organization that supplies aid to children in South Africa and Dee is helping to shoot a documentary on their efforts to send a group of them to Australia for the Homeless World Cup. We'd love for you to contribute as much time, money, and resources as you can to their foundation. The best part of this endeavor is that For Us With Love is already corporate-sponsored, so the full 100 percent of your contribution will go directly into the project, no filters. It's a very noble cause, please check out the Web site and do what you can to help!Episode 189 Download today's podcast … Read more
Update at 8:35 a.m. PDT: Alas, the player is no longer available at that price, and the sideline deal on the Samsung BDP-1500 Blu-ray player (posted earlier) appears to have disappeared from RadioShack's site.
Online clearinghouse Second Act has refurbished Sharp BD-HP20U Blu-ray players for $169.99. Ground shipping will run you about $15. According to the product page, this deal ended Sunday, so I don't know how much longer it'll be available.